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Renault’s Fernando Alonso has pipped home favourite Felipe Massa to the top spot during second practice in preparation for the 2008 championship decider on Sunday. His last minute lap of 1:12.296 was just 0.05 seconds faster than Massa’s best attempt.

Jarno Trulli separated the Ferrari’s in third, with Kimi Raikkonen fourth. Rain that fell during the session appeared to help Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Nelson Piquet Jr, who finished in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. The Williams cars were looking good too, with Nico Rosberg eighth and Kazuki Nakajima tenth. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, dropped off his early morning pace and could only manage ninth place, four tenths down on his title rival. David Coulthard dramatically improved to eleventh place, with both BMW’s behind. Timo Glock was five tenths slower than his teammate in fourteenth place while Heikki Kovalainen rounded off a bad session for McLaren in fifteenth. Rubens Barrichello, Sebastien Bourdais, Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella set the five slowest laps.

Alonso ended Friday on top, with Hamilton struggling, but will things stay the same as the teams head into day two?

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Lewis Hamilton continued his pace from the morning into Free Practice Two ahead of Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, setting the fastest lap, a 1:35.750, on his first attempt. He was 0.2 seconds faster than his former teammate and Japanese Grand Prix winner, Fernando Alonso, who finished second for Renault.

Nelson Piquet Jr rounded up an excellent session for Renault, setting the third fastest time of the afternoon. Jarno Trulli and Mark Webber put further distance between the main championship rivals, with Felipe Massa in sixth and Robert Kubica way down the order in twelfth. Kimi Raikkonen couldn’t improve on eighth place, behind the Ferrari-powered Toro Rosso of Sebstien Bourdais. Nick Heidfeld, Nico Rosberg and Timo Glock all sat in the middle with roughly the same time, and Heikki Kovalainen only managed to put his McLaren in thirteenth, ahead of David Coulthard, Sebastian Vettel, Kazuki Nakajima, Giancarlo Fisichella, Adrian Sutil, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

Lewis Hamilton has dominated Friday action, but can his pace continue into Saturday?

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Timo Glock has topped the time sheets for the second practice session at the Fuji Speedway. His best lap for Toyota was a 1:18.383, putting him ahead of Singapore Grand Prix winner, Fernando Alonso, who went just 0.04 seconds slower for Renault as lap times noticeably improved from the first session.

The top two finished ahead of the main title rivals, who stayed in the same order as the in the morning session, with Lewis Hamilton extending the gap to 0.2 seconds ahead of Felipe Massa’s best lap. Kimi Raikkonen followed the two closely throughout the session, whilst Mark Webber pushed his Red Bull into the top six. Kazuki Nakajima continued his strong pace at the circuit, proving his knowledge of the track, and improving to seventh for Williams in front of his home fans. Sebastian Vettel kept Toro Rosso in the top ten, beating McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen could only manage tenth ahead of Jarno Trulli, Robert Kubica, Nelson Piquet Jr, Nico Rosberg and Sebstien Bourdais. Toyota had more reason to celebrate as their arch-rivals, Honda, had a poor session with Rubens Barrichello in fifteenth and Jenson Button last, despite being only 1.6 seconds adrift of Timo Glock. Adrian Sutil, David Coulthard, Giancarlo Fisichella and Nick Heidfeld joined Honda at the bottom.

Friday action is complete, and as F1 heads into the final practice session and qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, the battle this time looks to be set between the title rivals, unless Toyota or Renault can spring another surprise.

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Fernando Alonso has gone fastest for Renault in the second Friday practice session at Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore. His best time of 1:45.654, which was set in the last few seconds of the session, beat McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who was just 0.09 seconds behind and otherwise would have gone fastest for the second session in a row.

Felipe Massa and Ferrari sat in third with a time of 1:45.793, ahead of Heikki Kovalainen, Nico Rosberg and Robert Kubica. The sister Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen only managed seventh, just 0.3 seconds ahead of Honda’s Jenson Button, who continued to punch above his weight and set a 1:46.901. Kazuki Nakajima and and Timo Glock completed the top ten. Red Bull’s Mark Webber has limited running after crashing his car into the wall during the earlier practice session, but slotted in eleventh, in front of Nelson Piquet Jr, Sebastian Vettel, Sebastien Bourdais and his teammate, David Coulthard. Nick Heidfeld struggled with his BMW in sixteenth with Rubens Barrichello, Jarno Trulli and the Force Indias sitting at the bottom.

Practice continues into Saturday with a final session before the drivers prepare for the first ever night-time F1 qualifying.

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Conditions dried after FP1 and normality returned to the time sheets as Kimi Raikkonen finished on top for Ferrari. His time of 1:23.861 forced BMW to settle for second and third with just one tenth of a second difference. Robert Kubica ahead of Nick Heidfeld with a gap of 0.01 seconds. Lewis Hamilton was right behind the BMWs, by only 0.04 seconds, in fourth, with Nico Rosberg’s Williams a further 0.2 seconds away.

The sister Ferraris and McLarens wounded up in sixth and seventh. Mark Webber, who failed to set a time in the morning practice, was eighth, but only 0.1 seconds ahead of the morning pace-setter, Adrian Sutil. Force India had more reason to be happy as Giancarlo Fisichella managed 13th place. Toro Rosso completed the session in 10th and 12th and Honda’s improved pace continued in 14th and 15th. The spots at the back were taken, surprisingly, by both Toyota and Renault.

Friday has thrown up some interesting results. Will they continue as action resumes for Free Practice Three tomorrow?

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Fernando Alonso set the fastest lap after a wet and slightly chaotic Friday practice two and Spa. The Spanaird took top place away from the earlier pace-setter, Felipe Massa, at the end of the session, by lapping 0.1 second faster.

Mark Webber was caught out in the rush to get back to the pits when the rain arrived, putting his Red Bull in the wall and the session ended with Webber in last. The teams sent their drivers back out after around half an hour later but the track remained slippery and Kimi Raikkonen, Giancarlo Fisichella and Nelson Piquet Jr all ended up in the wall at turn 9. The Red Flags came out and the wait was back on for drying condtions. Times did drop though, and Heikki Kovalainen looked good towards the end of the session, 0.1 seconds ahead of his teammate.

Nico Rosberg and Adrain Suitl finished high in sixth and eight and Toro Rosso continued to fly. BMW continued to struggle whilst Toyota had mixed fortunes in ninth and fourteenth. After his accident, Raikkonen finished fifth, 0.5 seconds behind the McLarens.

Ferrari’s dominance has been broken for now, but will it last? Action continues tommorow in Saturday Practice.

Results

1. Fernando Alonso Renault 1:48.454s 21 Laps
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:48.504s 15 Laps
3. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1:48.740s 19 Laps
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:48.805s 17 Laps
5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:49.328s 10 Laps
6. Nico Rosberg Williams 1:49.405s 17 Laps
7. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:49.427s 28 Laps
8. Adrian Sutil Force India 1:49.585s 22 Laps
9. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:49.715s 22 Laps
10. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:49.725s 21 Laps
11. Robert Kubica BMW 1:49.875s 22 Laps
12. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1:49.922s 20 Laps
13. Sebastien Boudais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:49.948s 20 Laps
14. Timo Glock Toyota 1:50.281s 23 Laps
15. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1:50.364s 20 Laps
16. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1:50.740s 11 Laps
17. Jenson Button Honda 1:50.925s 18 Laps
18. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:51.238s 22 Laps
19. Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1:51.334s 18 Laps
20. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:51.640s 7 Laps

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